1. The Aristocrats are back in India for the second time ever!
They took their Indian fans by storm when they first announced a country-wide tour in 2016. And this time around too it was no exception. The supergroup consisting of Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann, and Bryan Beller will be performing cross-country gigs this February and you sure as hell cannot miss it! Hop down at Oddball Festival in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore to witness the legends in action. They are also set to perform at Hyderabad, Guwahati, and Kolkata post the festival scheduled on the 23rd, 25th, and 26th respectively.
2. You get to see some renowned musical acts rocking the stage
Other than the showstoppers, the festival has also lined up some of the best musical acts in all three of its editions. In Mumbai, you get to witness the enchanting world of MaMoGi, a jazz-fusion ensemble consisting of saxophonist Mark Hartsuch, bassist Mohini Dey, and drummer Gino Banks who will be collaborating with pianist Lydian Nadhaswaram for this performance. Not to mention, Japanese band KOIAI will be joining the line-up which was formed as a collaborative venture among guitar prodigy Li-sa-X, Nemophila guitarist Saki Hazuki and Ironbunny member Kotono Ōmori (Kotono). Delhi-based rock band Kraken and Bangalore-based favourites Parvaaz will also be performing their spectacular numbers in the Mumbai edition of Oddball Festival on 17th February.
Similarly, in Bangalore, Indian metal giants Bloodywood will be taking the stage alongside guitarist Warren Mendonsa’s project Blackstratblues and guitarist Sanjeev T who will be performing together with his band. Pianist and producer Derek Mathias will also be hopping in on the line-up with his band Derek & The Cats on 18th February.
Bloodywood, Blackstratblues, and KOIAI ft. Li-sa-X will be coming back again for the New Delhi chapter of the Oddball Festival alongside lo-fi guitarist and producer Rajkanwar Sodhi aka Raj on 19th February.
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3. You get to witness the legends themselves live
Let’s face it, witnessing The Aristocrats live is everything that any musician and music enthusiast aspires to. To watch the geniuses of these musicians play out in real-time is something that one only dreams of. If you missed them back in 2016, this is your second chance to see them perform live once again. The band definitely has a couple of surprises up their sleeves alongside a plate of the usuals this time, so don’t sleep on the opportunity to experience this first-hand!
4. This is the first time KOIAI and Li-sa-X are touring India
Li-sa-X is a popular name in the international guitar community who has been taking the scene by storm since the young age of only 7. This guitar phenomenon started with uploading covers of popular numbers (including Govan’s “Five”) confounding her audience with proficiency and talent beyond her years. The now 18-year-old guitarist has teamed up with Japanese guitarist Saki Hazuki and singer Kotono to form KOIAI. And this is the first time they will be touring as a band in India. Catch them enthralling the audience at the Mumbai and New Delhi editions of the Oddball Festival.
5. The Oddball Festival pre-party has a couple of great artists lined-up
The festival has also arranged pre-party gigs in all three cities that are set to feature some really cool artists like ska/reggae/funk act The Fanculos who will team up with musician Yohan Marshall aka YodaDrunk to bring out their set in the Mumbai pre-party of the festival.
New-Delhi-based experimental triumvirate Zenguin and alt-rock outfit Salt Rock are all set to bring out an enthralling set at the Delhi chapter of the pre-parties. In Bangalore, KOIAI ft. Li-sa-X and fusion-rock ensemble Perfect Strangers will be getting the party started.